Cleaning probably isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of potential uses of an air compressor, but believe it or not, it can be one of the best and most useful ways to make use of your air compressor.
Air compressors can be used for everything from small, precise cleaning (such as cleaning the inside of computers) or for larger, broader cleaning jobs (like blowing dirt off of a car). However, not every kind of air compressor is good for cleaning. In this article, you will learn about what air compressors are best for blow cleaning jobs.
Recommended Air Compressors
The first thing that I want to do is give you some recommended air compressors. These are air compressors that either myself or people I trust use and would gladly recommend for this specific job.
Next up, I want to talk about some of the factors that go into determining whether a specific air compressor is good for the job of cleaning or not. Obviously, a lot of this is going to come down to personal preference, but I still think it will be valuable to those of you who don’t have experience using an air compressor for cleaning.
CFM, which stands for cubic feet per meter, is a good indicator of how much pressure your air compressor blows out. In other words, it is one of the key factors that go into determining the overall “power” of your air compressor. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should just jump straight to looking for the air compressor with the highest CFM.
Quite the opposite, in fact. You should do your best to look for an air compressor in the roughly 2 to 3 CFM range. Why? Well, as I said earlier in the article, cleaning with an air compressor is a delicate job. On the one hand, if you don’t have enough power, you aren’t actually going to get a lot of cleaning done. On the other hand, too much power can lead to you damaging things.
I find that the 2-3 CFM range gives an air compressor a lot of versatility with regards to what it can clean. With this range, you can use your air compressor for cleaning everything from sensitive electronics and fixtures to hardier things like cleaning cars and floors.
Tank Size and Capacity
Usually, I recommend going for a high-capacity air compressor because who wants to have to stop a job in the middle of it because your tank ran out? No one does, it’s annoying and a major inconvenience. This is especially true if you are looking for an air compressor for painting or sandblasting. However, cleaning doesn’t need a lot of air and is one of the jobs where I actually think a lower capacity tank can be useful, and this is for a few reasons.
Firstly, air compressors with smaller tanks are cheaper. You don’t want to be spending big bucks on your air compressor if you only plan on cleaning with it. Secondly, you will likely want to move around a lot while cleaning. This isn’t really possible if you have a big, bulky tank on your air compressor.
Please, if you have never used an air compressor for cleaning before, remember that, in addition to basic safety procedures that you always follow when using these tools, to be extra careful when it comes to your eyes. Air compressors shoot up a lot of debris when cleaning and the chances of getting something in your eyes is really increased.
Like I said at the beginning of the article, cleaning isn’t the first thing that pops into your mind when it comes to air compressors, but they can make cleaning easier if you use the right air compressor.